BETHEL APOSTOLIC CHURCHES OF JESUS CHRIST INCORPORATED
STATEMENT OF FUNDAMENTAL AND ESSENTIAL TRUTHS
All scripture, every word of scripture, is given by the divine inspiration of God; written by holy men of God who were equally and fully moved by the Holy Spirit to write the scriptures. The whole Bible is without error and, as such, is infallible, supreme and all sufficient authority in all matters. The Bible is the complete revelation of God, His nature, His plan and His expectation of His chosen. Christians through the spiritual illumination and revelation of the Holy Ghost residing in them can comprehend the Scriptures. There are no revelations that are contrary or add to inspired Biblical truth given by God in His original inspired text.
We believe that the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is the ecclesia, the called of God who are united by bonds of a common faith and love as one, universal and indivisible body, comprised of all people regardless of nationality, language, race or custom, who have accepted our Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, who have been baptized into His Body by baptism in Jesus Name for the remission of sins by the full immersion in water and baptism of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13). The assembling of the
ecclesia as ordained by God provides a forum for corporate worship, fellowship, support, operation of the gifts and ordained offices for the perfecting of the body to be bride of God prepared for His second
coming and fulfilling its mandate to evangelize the world.
We believe that there is only one God and He is indivisible and sovereign. God is the creator of everything that exist, whether visible or invisible. He is eternal, divine, infinite in power, and Holy in His nature, attributes, and purpose. The first commandment of all is, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord” (Mark 12:29; Deut. 6:4). “But to us there is but one God” (1 Cor. 8:6). God is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent originating, existing in, and determining the past, present and future all at the same time who manifested Himself to the world in as a theophany throughout the ages but as the Saviour in Jesus Christ. God is Father as to His deity is Father in the creation, Son in the redemption of humanity, the fullness of Godhead exists bodily in Jesus Christ and as the Holy Spirit who is poured out (emanated) in the hearts of believers.”.
We believe that in Jesus Christ is God. He is the expressed image incarnate of God. God’s divine attributes and human nature were combined in a perfection. Comprehensible only through revelation Jesus Christ was fully God and fully man. He was human through Mary, in whose womb He took the form of man. He was divine through the Holy Spirit who fathered Him in Mary’s womb and completed His Father work fulling the plan of salvation through reconciling the world back to Himself through his death, burial and resurrections. For in Jesus Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit as promised by God in the Old Testament and as poured out
after the glorification of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that the initial manifestation that a person has
been baptized with the Holy Spirit is the evidence of the person speaking in tongues as the spirit gives
utterance. The infilling of Holy Spirit is only way that person is able to live. He gives the power that to
testify of Christ, to develop Christian character and to serve God and man. He is also the spirit required
for eternal life.
We believe that a person can be born again only through faith in Jesus Christ and being baptized in water
by immersion in the Name of Jesus Christ as practice by the Apostles and minister in the Church at its
inception. When a believer, who is defined as person who experiences Godly repentance and turns from
sin, is water baptized in Jesus Name, the believer baptizes into Christ and rises a new person with a new
life. The believer identifies with Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.
We believe in the separation of Church and State and that neither should intervene in the internal affairs
of the other since this fulfills the biblical precept “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God
the things that are God’s“.However, we agree that all Christians must obey civil authorities and the laws
and ordinances issued by these authorities, unless these laws contradict religious principles or force
Christians to act against the command and will of God.
We believe, by the light of the Word of God, that there is a sin unto death and that if this sin is committed
in the terms expressed in the Bible, the right to salvation is lost such as blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we recommend that the faithful abstain from giving ear to doctrines that promise eternal security to the Christian regardless of his conduct and the idea that “once saved, always saved.” The Bible teaches that it is possible to be reproved and that we must remain faithful unto the end.
We believe that the system that the Bible teaches us to obtain the funds necessary to carry out the work
of the Lord is that of tithes and offerings, and that this system must be practiced by ministers and believers alike. Tithing was divinely instituted by God under the old covenant and was compulsory upon the people who worshiped God. All Christians should conscientiously and systematically tithe their income to God.
We believe that the ministry is a calling of God and that the Holy Spirit confers upon each minister the ability to serve the Church in distinct capacities and with distinct gifts, the manifestations of which are all for the edification of the Body of Christ. The word of God contains enough teaching regarding the requirements that must be met by the person who is to serve in the ministry. Therefore, leaders are responsible for examining candidates for the ministry to determine whether these candidates should be approved and what tasks they shall be assigned.